A Boy Spends His Free Time Bathing Dogs To Help Get Them Adopted

Most kids spend their weekends playing with friends or watching TV — but for a little boy in Brazil, Saturday is for helping street dogs.

Thiago, an 11-year-old child who lives in the town of Antônio Prado in Rio Grande do Sul, has always loved animals. He wished he could do something for almost 30 million abandoned dogs and cats in Brazil. And since he couldn’t get them all home, he decided to improve their lives – one bath at a time.

Thiago created the project “Sou de rua mas to limpinho” (“I am homeless but I am clean”) with his father and began to change the lives of street dogs around him.

“At the end of last year, I decided I had to do something for the animals,” Thiago told The Dodo. “While talking to my dad, I told him about my idea of ​​bathing street dogs to keep them clean and scented and people look at them differently on the street.”

“Catching dogs on the street is difficult because they are always scared and many dogs are victims of abuse,” Thiago said. After the dogs have taken their bath, they each have a photo shoot with Thiago to increase their chances of adoption. Thiago’s father edits the photos and posts them on social media.

Thiago gave 48 baths and received a lot of support from his community — including donations of pet shampoo and bath products. Most dogs are adopted. It gives a lot of motivation to continue.

Thiago hopes his efforts will change the way people think about homeless animals.
“I wish people weren’t afraid to adopt,” Thiago said. “It’s the best thing in the world. But let them adopt the dog knowing that it is not a thing or a toy. He is a being who will live a long time and who just wants to give us love.”

And for those who don’t have the space or ability to adopt a dog, Thiago encourages them to help in other ways — like donating, volunteering at a shelter, or putting out small food bowls and water on their sidewalk.

Even the slightest effort, or a little shampoo, can make a difference.

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